Cafolla has released Cowboys & Africans, acoustic mini-album tomorrow as part of Bandcamp’s Artist Aid day, where all sales went 100% to the artist. This release had been moved forward a few months due to the Corona Virus outbreak resulting in most shows being cancelled and a need to release new music when we all need it more than ever. The Fountain caught up with Cafolla about this release.

TF: You have a new album out, what inspired you to title it Cowboys & Africans?

It came from the concept that all humans originate from Africa (at one point in history) so as a laymen, we are all ‘Africans’. The ‘Cowboys’ reference is to the people in positions of power, who take advantage of the everyday person (or those they have power over). Basically – Hacks, who are bluffing it, but with our quality of life. The songs challenge how we see ourselves in today’s society.  

Stylistically, I wanted to bring my love of African Funk music like Fela Kuti into my writing and Ennio Morricone, who wrote the music for Spaghetti Westerns like The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, so this all tied up for nicely for this albums concept.

TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence? 

Music from the Soul, for the Soul.

TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences? 

Big sound influences are Fela Kuti, Talking Heads & Ennio Morricone, Production sounds were inspired by D’Angelo (Russell Elevado), Bowie (Tony Visconti) & of course Joel Hamilton. Joel produced my last two Federation of the Disco Pimp records, he changed it all for myself & Ross Saunders (Dusty Reel, who engineered & mixed Cowboys & Africans). He literally changed how I listen and write music. Them coupled with lots of African percussion & Baritone guitars. A major songwriting influence is Bill Withers – he just always has a way of saying the ordinary but making it art! I just try to write in my own voice with that in mind. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this LP release?

I’ve just released the accompanying acoustic mini album to the LP, totally re-arranged versions of the songs from Cowboys & Africans, and that went straight in to Number 1 on the iTunes Songwriter charts. That was amazing (The main album made it to Number 2 in the R&B/Soul Charts).  

I’ve just finished tracking the next new single so that’s ready to be mixed, alongside some live tracks from the launch gig that we performed in January. That’ll keep me busy for the next month or so but with the world in lockdown just now with Covid-19, who knows when I’ll actually be able to take the music back on stage (in person).  

All my shows have been pulled for now (like everyone else’s) so I think over the next month we’ll hopefully have a better idea of how long this will last for. I’m grateful for mine & my friends/family’s health & safety of course, but can’t wait to get back on stage preforming my music. Maybe try to sort a live stream in the meantime.